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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Honda Odyssey - Hidden Hitch

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2014 Honda Odyssey

Today on our 2014 Honda Odyssey we'll be installing hidden hitch part number 87479. This is what our hitch will look like once installed. Next we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements to assist you in selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper is six and a half inches. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is twelve and a half inches. This will assist your selecting accessories such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier. Now we'll go ahead with installation.

To begin our install, we'll first need to remove the under body trim panel located on the driver side. To remove the trim panel we'll need to remove multiple fasteners on the inside edge of the mud flap. Then we'll move underneath where there's a bolt on the inside edge near the rear tire and then three push pin fasteners along the outside edge. To remove the push pin fasteners we'll simply take a flat blade screw driver and get underneath the center of the fastener and pop it out. With all three fasteners out of the way we'll go ahead and remove the under body panel.

With the panel out and removed, it will not be reinstalled. Next we're going to over to the passenger side. We'll need to lower the exhaust. To lower the exhaust we'll remove the rubber isolator form the metal hanger. To assist in removing the isolator from the hanger, we'll use some spray lubricant then when using a pry bar we can simply slide the rubber isolator off of the metal hanger. We'll go ahead and point out our attachment points.

We'll have a total of six attachment points, three on each side. These attachment points will be well nuts built into the frame by the manufacturer. Before we attempt to install the new hitch and hardware, we'll want to clean out each one of the well nuts because over time they'll build up with rust, dust, dirt, and debris. To clean them out we'll use a spray lubricant and a half inch nylon tube brush, part number 814092. Now we're ready to go ahead and install the hitch. We'll take the passenger side and feed it up over the exhaust and then bring the driver side up to position.

Then we'll go ahead and put our block in place above the hitch lining it up with the pre-drilled holes in the hitch and our well nut. Then we'll take our bolt, go through the hitch, through the spacer block and into the well nut of the frame. Keep in mind that each process we do here on one side will get repeated identically on the opposite side. Once we have all the fasteners installed, finger tight, we'll go ahead and run it down. Next we'll torque the specifications as indicated in the instructions. Now with our hitch secured in torque specifications we can go ahead and reinstall our exhaust hanger. With that we're ready to hit the road. That does it for the install of the hidden hitch two inch receiver tube, part number 87479 on our 2014 Honda Odyssey. .

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